Access to Online SHOP Enrollment Delayed For a Year

HHS announces that enrollment in the online SHOP marketplace is delayed until November, 2014. HHS is instead providing for “direct enrollment” with carriers.

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For small businesses in states with a SHOP Marketplace that’s run by the federal government, we are making changes to make sure that you can take advantage of SHOP coverage and the tax credit as soon as  possible. Specifically, for 2014, small employers will enroll their employees in coverage through an agent, broker, or insurer that offers a certified SHOP plan and has agreed to conduct enrollment according to HHS standards.

This process, called “direct enrollment,” is similar to how most small employers get insurance today. You don’t need to apply for SHOP eligibility before enrolling, or to use HealthCare.gov, unless you’d like to see information on your plan options, including which insurance companies offer SHOP Qualified Health Plans in your area.

Link http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/2013/11/direct-new-path-to-shop-marketplace.html

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